Groom Law Group Chartered at a Glance


  • “The people are generally down to earth”
  • “Associate interaction with clients is strong from day one”
  • “Free soft drinks”


  • “A large firm practice with small firm infrastructure”
  • “Not very social”
  • “Firm is very lean on expenses”

About Groom Law Group Chartered

At Groom, it's all about the benefits: not just theirs, but yours and mine, too. The firm's niche is employee benefits and ERISA (Employee Retirement Income Security Act), which Groom has been practicing since 1975.

Forward from Ford

When President Ford signed ERISA in 1974, few law firms were prepared to meet the new demand for representation, but Groom Law Group founder Ted Groom had already been actively involved getting ERISA through the legislative process. To this day, many of the firm's lawyers have had extensive prior careers as federal regulators or Hill staff, including having held positions in the Labor Department, Treasury Department, as ERISA counsel to the Senate Committee on Labor and Human Resources, the IRS, the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation, and Tax Counsel to the House Committee on Ways and Means.

And with its sole office in the nation's capital, Groom Law continues to be closely tapped in to the sources of U.S. employee benefits law. A variety of practice groups guide clients through what the firm calls the "byzantine regulatory framework" of employee benefits law, including issues such as public and multiemployer plans, benefits-related policies, executive compensation, tax issues, pension plans, health care issues, and benefits litigation.

The Benefits of Benefits Savvy

With all that collective experience under their belt, it's no wonder Groom's legal team has had the privilege of assisting blue chip companies with employee benefits issues across a variety of industries. The firm's client roster has included the NFL Players Association, Campbell Soup Company, CBS, ConocoPhillips, Dow Chemical, CIGNA, ING, UnitedHealth Group, Blue Cross & Blue Shield Association, New York Life Insurance, and many, many others.

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Groom Law Group Chartered

1701 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W.
Washington, DC 20006
Phone: (202) 857-0620
Fax: (202) 659-4503


  • Employer Type: Private
  • Executive Principal: John McGuiness
  • Hiring Partner: Sarah Zumwalt
  • Total No. Attorneys 2015: 79

  • Employment Contact
    Barbara Madden
    Director of Administration
    Phone: (202) 861-6333

  • Base Salary
    1st year: $160,000
    2nd year: $170,000
    3rd year: $185,000
    4th year: $205,000
    5th year: $225,000
    6th year: $240,000
    7th year: $250,000
    8th year: $260,000
    Summer associate: $3,000/week

  • Summer Associate Offers
    (2015): 3 out of 3

  • Major Departments & Practices
    Executive Compensation
    Fiduciary Responsibility
    Governmental Plans
    Health & Welfare
    Multiemployer/Taft-Hartley Plan
    Plan Design and Taxation
    Plan Funding & Restructuring
    Policy & Legislation
    Pro Bono

Major Office Locations

  • Washington, D.C.

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